For years, I have developed some of my own teaching strategies to help young children pay attention during piano lessons. One of my favorite ways to break the monotony of just playing new songs, is playing a short "game". I have the child place their hands on the first hand position (both thumbs on middle C, and every other finger gets it's own note!). Then I tell them, "I will call out a note, and see if you can play it. Can you play B? Can you play F in your right hand?", etc. This is a great tip for children experiencing dyslexia, as well. I also have them say the notes in their new songs as they play them during the first three or four lessons to reinforce the connections from their hands to their brain. If you have very young students, introduce dynamics at the first lesson so that they can have fun playing "forte" and "piano". Even if they are playing a song with only two notes, you will grab their attention by letting them play loudly (within reason). Most children are bashful at their first lessons, and this will help them overcome those tendencies. Including an element of fun is always a boost to their lesson and their day! Please include this outside the box tip in your beginner piano lessons so that the student will look forward to learning.
Have Fun Teaching,
Piano Tutor/Academics K-6 Tutor